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FLOODS
 Directive 2007/60/EC on the assessment and management of flood risks entered into force on 26 November 2007
 

Directive 2007/60/EC, known as the Floods Directive, requires that Member States assess if all water courses and coast lines are at risk from flooding, to map the potential flooded areas and endangered assets and humans in order to take adequate and coordinated measures to reduce the risk. The Directive also reinforces the right of the public to access information and to participate in the planning process.

As a first step a preliminary assessment by 2011 is required in order to identify the river basins and associated coastal areas at risk of flooding. For all such zones flood risk maps should be prepared by 2013 and subsequently flood risk management plans focused on prevention, protection and preparedness by 2015. The Directive applies to inland waters as well as all coastal waters across the whole territory of the EU. 
 

 

The Directive shall be carried out in coordination with the Water Framework Directive, notably by flood risk management plans and river basin management plans being coordinated, and through coordination of the public participation procedures in the preparation of these plans. All assessments, maps and plans prepared shall be made available to the public.

Member States shall furthermore coordinate their flood risk management practices in shared river basins, including with third counties, and shall in solidarity not undertake measures that would increase the flood risk in downstream countries. Member States will take into consideration long term developments, including climate change, as well as sustainable land use practices in the flood risk management cycle addressed in this Directive.

 

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